today i found out that my ipod (now 3.5 years old) suddenly deleted all my songs for absolutely no reason. when plugging into my computer, itunes gives me an error that says, "ipod not recognized, use ipod software updater to return ipod to factory settings" (not verbatim but basically that's what it said). i guess it's time for me to buy a new ipod. questions: 1) how long is an ipod meant to last anyway? 2) before i get a new ipod, is there a way to fix this problem so i can at least have some tunes before I get the new ipod??